Underground Swimming Pools in Paris

A candidate for Paris’ mayor, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, wants the city of Paris to eventually convert abandoned metro stations into community spaces to benefit citizens and visitors. Many different ideas are being thrown around on what should fill the space including gardens, nightclubs and libraries, but our favorite idea of all was a swimming pool!

Can you imagine swimming underground in Paris? Well it’s no secret the team at AMANZI love  all things Paris, you only need to take a look at the AMANZI Parisian Chic One Piece Swimsuit from the 2014 AMANZI Swimwear Collection. Our iconic AMANZI Girl is shopping the streets of our favorite city…Paris!

Parisian Chic One PieceNow back to the story! The idea to convert the ghost stations into pools combines our two favorite things- swimming and Paris- to create something completely unique. Architects behind this idea are suggesting exactly how the city could manage re-purposing the stations.

“This project aims to bring back to life these ghost stations by giving them a new purpose,” Manal Rachdi, a French architect working on the project said in a statement over e-mail to the Smithsonian Magazine. “To swim in the metro seems like a crazy dream, but it could soon come true!” By utilizing the abandoned station, he added, the city also could make up for a lack of sporting facilities available in some areas of the capital city.

There are currently 11 stations that sit unused, because the stations either closed down during World War II or never opened in the first place. If Morizet is elected, these stations may be given a new lease on life in an unexpected way. Who knew Parisian politics and swimming could be so closely intertwined?

View mockups of the idea here.

We love the idea of making swimming more accessible to everyone. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if there were more swimmers in it, well we think so! Do you have any unused spaces in your community you could see being converted into swimming pools? Perhaps it is time to contact your local representative or government official with this idea.